The Sherington governors share the enthusiasm and excitement for learning that pupils and staff have and are proud of Sherington’s outstanding achievements. We are committed to the Sherington vision of “Aspire, Believe, Create, Achieve” and between us we bring a wide variety of skills and experience to our role.
To get in touch, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message in the school office or catch us in the playground – questions, ideas, comments all welcome! (Please note that the first point of call for any issues relating specifically to your child is your child’s class teacher.)
Ross Bailey- Chair of Governors
Linda Pound – Vice Chair
The role of the governing body is strategic (not operational – the headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school). The governing body acts as a “critical friend” to the school and its leadership. Governors focus on three core strategic functions:
The last year saw the continuing challenge to manage COVID and grapple with the changing demands and constraints that the pandemic can inflict. Throughout the year, the Sherington governing board continued to provide support to the senior leadership team (SLT) and given the extraordinary situation, gave extra focus on the critical areas where the school needed immediate support.
In particular, governors have been kept informed on the school’s plans and provided input on-
Additionally, the governing body has supported recruitment on the SLT and, as the pandemic pressures alleviated, we have focused on implementing processes to enhance governance.
Some key activities include-
How do we ensure effective governance?
We have a full governors meeting once a term, with three sub-committees which meet at least termly:
At these meetings we review levels of achievement across the curriculum, monitor how children’s needs are being met and how the pupil premium is being used to narrow attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, contribute to the school’s evaluation procedures and development plan, agree the schools budget and monitor its implementation.
We make regular visits to develop a fuller understanding of how Sherington works as a school. Visits can be very informal (e.g. attendance at school concert or assembly) or may be planned with a specific focus.
We play an important role in the appointment of new staff, particularly those at a senior level.
Governing bodies are supported by the Local Authority through the provision of training and advice. OFSTED evaluate how effectively governors challenge and hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure financial stability, and will judge the effectiveness of governance against the three core strategic functions.
Head Teacher Appraisal
The governing body carries out the headteacher appraisal annually. Several governors have undertaken headteacher’s appraisal training, and with expert assistance from an independent educational advisor through the Local Authority, the appraisal is carried out. The appraisal process allows us to look closely at the performance of the headteacher, have discussions about areas of strengths, and where necessary, areas for development. New targets are then set against criteria which the headteacher’s performance will be evaluated.
All members of governing body have and continue to have significant training. All members have undergone safeguarding and safer recruitment training. Alongside the whole governor body training, governors attend individual courses and training.
|Name||Category||Date Appointed||End of term||Committee Membership||ROI|
|Linda Pound||Local Authority|
|Amanda Burnell||Ex officio||16/03/2015||No end of term date||F&P|
|Bollin Millner||Co-opted Governor||21/03/2023||20/03/2027||F&P|
|Director of DB8LY Ltd|
|Dimple Wedgewood||Co-opted Governor||20/12/2020||19/12/2024||SEND|
|James Kinman||Co-opted Governor||20/12/2020||19/12/2024||Pupil Premium|
|Charlie Rome||Co-opted Governor||01/05/2021||30/04/2025||F&P|
|Kim Peterson||Staff Governor||16/09/2021||15/09/2025||L&A||None|
|William Torrie||Co-opted Governor||05/07/2022||04/07/2026||None|
|Monika Ouanich||Parent Governor||28/01/2023||27/01/2027||None|
|Shivangee Sinha||Parent Governor||28/01/2023||27/01/2027||None|
Please click here for attendance of meetings for the last completed school year.
All terms of office are 4 years unless otherwise noted.
Our Clerk is Lucy Davies, provided by Royal Greenwich Governor Services.
F&P = Finance & Personnel, L&A = Learning & Achievement, P = Premises, Pay = Pay Committee
ROI = Register of interests
The Governing Body including the Head are required to register any business interests on appointment and at every Governors Meeting. The Register of Interests is held in the school office.